Father Takes Children Taken from Grandparents' Custody in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

Child custody disputes can sometimes be volatile but the legal system can help parties focus on what is best for the children.

Two children recently abducted from their grandparents' home in Florida were in Cuba with their parents. The child custody case recently left the Florida grandparents with permanent custody of the two children. Authorities have stated that the children's father entered the grandparents' home, tied up the grandmother and abducted the two children before fleeing with them and the children's mother to Cuba. An arrest warrant for kidnapping has been issued for the man who lost custody after a drug possession arrest and attempting to kidnap the children from their previous foster home at gunpoint.

Though often complicated and emotional, child custody disputes are determined in the best interests of the child. There are many factors to consider in deciding what is in the best interests of the child. Factors can include the age and sex of the child; the wishes of the child (if the child is old enough to reasonably express a preference); the mental and physical health and status of the parents; the need for a stable environment; religious and cultural considerations; and any abuse of the child by the parent or evidence of drug or alcohol abuse by the parent.

As a result of certain situations, custody disputes do not always arise as a result of a divorce. Grandparents or other relatives that have a significant relationship with the child or children may also seek custody in certain circumstances. When granting custody or visitation rights to grandparents, as always, the best interests of the child will be the governing consideration, as in all custody decisions.

Emotions can run extremely high in child custody disputes. It is important that all parties involved demonstrate a strong commitment to the best interests of the child which is the governing legal standard in such situations.

Source: The, "Kids abducted in Florida custody case turn up in Cuba," Doug Stanglin, April 9, 2013.

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